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Mi piace! I like in Italian

Mi piace l’Italia! To say I like in Italian you should use either mi piace or mi piacciono, depending on what follows. Learn the rule of mi piace and mi piacciono and how to have a small conversation about preferences.

Dialogue

Scotty, ti piace l’Italia?Scotty, do you like Italy?
Sì, mi piace molto! Mi piacciono le città, la cultura, la musica, la cucina,…Yes, I like it very much! I like the cities, the culture, the music, the cuisine,…
Anche a me piace la cucina italiana. Mi piace cucinare e soprattutto mangiare!I like Italian cuisine too. I like cooking and especially eating!
A me piace anche fare sport, e a te?I also like doing sport, and you?
A me no, sono molto pigro!I don’t, I’m very lazy!

I like in Italian

I like is mi piace or mi piacciono, depending on what follows. Let’s learn the rule:

Mi piace, mi piacciono

Mi piace l’Italia.

To say that you like something or doing something, you use mi piace.

+ singular nounMi piace l’Italia.I like Italy.
+ verbMi piace viaggiare.I like traveling.
+ list of verbsMi piace leggere e guardare la TV.I like reading and watching TV.

Mi piacciono le città italiane.

To say that you like many things, you use mi piacciono.

+ plural nounMi piacciono le città italiane.I like Italian cities.
+ list of nounsMi piacciono il gelato e la pizza.I like ice-cream and pizza.

Non mi piace

If you don’t like something, you put non bevor mi.

Non mi piace fare sport.I don’t like doing sport.
Non mi piacciono le banane.I don’t like bananas.

Mi piace molto

Mi piace molto la cucina italiana.

You can like something a lot or not at all. Look at the following possibilities:

Mi piace moltissimoI like it very very much
Mi piace moltoI like it very much
Non mi piace moltoI don’t like it very much
Non mi piace per nienteI don’t like it at all

Ti piace?

If you directly ask if your conversation partner like something, you can ask your question as following:

InformalFormalAnswer
Ti piace viaggiare?Le piace viaggiare?Sì, mi piace.
No, non mi piace.
Ti piacciono le città italiane?Le piacciono le città italiane?Sì, mi piacciono.
No, non mi piacciono.

If you say that you like something and you want to ask if (s)he like it too, you should use the stressed pronouns a me / a te / a Lei instead of mi / ti / Le since you are doing a comparison. You use these pronouns also to say that you (don’t) like it too or that you, unlike your conversation partner, do or don’t like it.

InformalFormalSAMEDIFFERENT
A me piace fare sport, e a te?A me piace fare sport, e a Lei?Anche a meA me no
A me non piace il caffè, e a te?A me non piace il caffè, e a Lei?Neanche a meA me sì

Esercizi

1. Piace o piacciono?

2. Molto e non molto

3. Anche a me

4. E a te?

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